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  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

    ★★★½

    I've grown fond of this in the three years since I saw it last.

    At the time I was irritated because it seemed like a retread of the Philosopher's Stone. But watching this again I found it to be much funnier than the first (thanks to Dobby and Kenneth Brannagh), I really appreciated its efforts to raise the stakes and put our central heroes into real danger (a racist snake on the loose, attack at will), and the little details…

  • Blinded by the Light

    Blinded by the Light

    ★★★½

    Seen this twice now. It's good.

    At high school, I was always secretly in love with Gurinder Chadha's films. I always hid from that truth because it was a form of social suicide for a 13-year-old boy to admit he really liked Bend It Like Beckham and Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging, but the truth is that I watched those films more than twice when I was bored at home, or off sick for the day. So I'm not surprised…

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  • Sex and the City

    Sex and the City

    If Sex and the City teaches us anything, it's that friendship is the most important thing in the world. It's so important, in fact, that sticking by your friends might just be the most admirable and satisfying attribute a person can have. Relationships are a source of support, they’re key to a person’s survival: relationships are everything, “for better or for worse”. And I do greatly admire the tests the relationships in this film withstand, because if I managed to…

  • Raw

    Raw

    ★★★★½

    [Homer throws a string of sausages]

    "Faster, son, she's got a taste for meat now!"